LYB Year 1
Love Your Block Year 1 was able to fund mini-grants up to $1,000 to more than 20 different community-led projects in the city of Buffalo. These projects focused on eliminating urban blight and implementing Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Principles to create a safer environment for the city's residents.
LYB Year 1 Mini-Grant Winners
- Burlington Ave. Block Club: Provided illumination to neighborhood to deter crime
- Jefferson Ave. Block Club #644: Worked on a mural bin project serving as public art in order to bring positive attention to area / reduce litter and dumping
- Kleinhans Community Association: Planted at National Grid station located at West / Hudson to cover up graffiti / reduce litter. They also created a mural for the station in order to further beautify the area
- The Belle Center: Conducted a summer long initiative that involved neighborhood clean-up events in order to restore beauty to their area and purchased a mural bin in order to reduce litter @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- We Care Neighborhood Community Block Club: Cleaned / restored community garden that has been in place for 17 years in order to deter crime. It will become the host site for their annual community garden walks.
- Winslow Ave. Block Club #2: Created a tulip memorial garden with the incorporation of lighting, plants, public artwork, fences, etc. in order to create a designated purpose for a vacant lot to deter criminal activity
- Youth N' Progress: Aimed to bring positive attention to Sperry St. Park by implementing signage, planting, fencing, etc. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
LYB Year 1 Mini-Grant Winners
- Bird Herkimer Block Club: Increased the walkability of its community through the creation of improved lighting / cross walks. The installation of traffic calming measures / doggie bin bags helped address the issues of littering / speeding.
- Buffalo Muslim Community Services: Implementing regular street cleaning efforts / community space revitalization of lots on Buffalo's East Side
- Burlington Ave. Block Club: Used CPTED principles by implementing more lighting / clean-up days to deter crime in vacant school lot
- Castle Place Block Club: Deter crime by implementing a new block club sign / installing camera surveillance / street signs to inform drivers to slow down
- Fruit Belt Coalition Inc.: Aimed to establish green space through vacant lot activation by implementing community gardens, revitalizing public spaces, and establishing a Gazebo Memorial Garden
- H.E.A.L. International: Increased lighting / accessibility in order to make the corner of West Ferry / Herkimer safer
- Jami Masjid-Muslim Society of Buffalo: Improved lighting in order to reduce crime / created a community garden in order to address the issue of food insecurity in the area
- Jefferson Ave. Block Club: Further beautifying community by distributing flower pots to be adopted by neighboring businesses / homeowners. Also, designing garbage bin murals for installation.
- Jes Breathe Block Club Association: Addressed safety issues by implementing CPTED principles by revitalizing MLK Park by implementing lighting / signage
- Kaisertown Friends Association: Further improve trash accessibility in Houghton Park by installing a trash receptacle
- Leroy Fillmore Block Club: Wanted to address litter / speeding issues in community by implementing speed bumps / transforming vacant lots into community gardens @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- Marine Drive Apartments: Continuing beautification by improving elements of the community's playground
- Mayer Ave. Coalition: Increased accessibility to community garden by creating an ADA accessibility path that allows children with disabilities to access the garden comfortably
- PLDG West: Created more greenery in neighborhood in order to revitalize community space
- Restoration Society Inc.: Plans to implement regular clean-ups, street lighting, green space creation, and provide garbage bins to reduce littering
- Thatcher Comstock Concerned Citizens Block Club: Plans to host regular clean-up days of ill-maintained lots / beautify area and repair existing signage
- The North Buffalo Organization Inc.: Extending its beautification on Hertel Ave. by installing planters / bench structures
- Trinidad Neighborhood Association Block Club: Revitalized community space by beautifying the Trinidad Park Shelter Building with colorful murals
- Universal School: Addressing crime prevention by installing surveillance cameras / increased lighting. Also, installed a small shed for storage in children's playground.
- Willowlawn St. Block Club: Wanted to increase wildlife in community by creating a wildlife haven
- WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc.: Implemented seven new murals on the outskirts of Jefferson Ave. to increase beatification / supporting local artists @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>